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Mar
26
2007

Spa Week Luxe Awards Honors Top U.S. Spas

The Spa Week Luxe Awards were given out, and among the winners were Westside Medical Spa in Los Angeles for “Best Medical Spa;” Eurasia Spa in Arizona and L’Institut Sothys New York for “Best $50 Spa Week Treatment;” VH Spa for Vitality & Health in Arizona, Red Door 54th Street in New York City and Vida Emanuel Day Spa in Los Angeles for “Best Facial;” Massaggiano—The Massage Spa in Arizona, Regency Spa & Salon in San Diego and Ananda Spa in Philadelphia for “Best Massage;” and VH Spa for Vitality & Health for “Best Overall Spa.”

Keep an eye on www.SkinInc.com to find out how you can enter your spa to win the prestigious Best of the Best Award. Information will be coming soon!

Mar
23
2007

Mandarin Oriental, Miami Debuts Spa Lifestyle Rooms

The Mandarin Oriental, Miami, has debuted 16 spa lifestyle rooms designed to give guests a sense of balance and relaxation with the use of air purification systems, in-room fitness programs, personal lifestyle consultations and spa cuisine offerings. 866-888-6780, momia-reservations@mohg.com

Mar
02
2007

Spring Clean

By Abby Penning

Discover the hot new hues in makeup for this season, mingling shades from the earth with a touch of shimmer.

Feb
12
2007

Albuquerque Named Fittest U.S. City

Albuquerque, N.M. moved from 13th place last year to be named American's fittest city this year in the March issue of Men's Fitness magazine.

The other top 10 in the nonscientific survey of 50 cities are: Seattle; Colorado Springs; Minneapolis; Tucson, Ariz.; Denver; San Francisco; Baltimore; Portland, Ore.; and Honolulu, the Associated Press reported.

The magazine said this year's top 10 fattest cities are: Las Vegas, Nev.; San Antonio, Texas; Miami; Mesa. Ariz.; Los Angeles; Houston; Dallas; El Paso, Texas; Detroit; and San Jose, Calif.

The survey results are based on various lifestyle factors in each city, including the availability of bikes paths or gyms, commute times, fast food restaurants per capita, amount of television watching, along with federal statistics on obesity-related illnesses and injuries.

Magazine editor Neal Boulton told the AP that the list is published each year "to motivate folks to look at the simple things in their lives they can do to be healthy."

HealthDay News, February 9, 2007

Feb
08
2007

Luxury Travel Company Identifies Top Spas of 2007

The online luxury travel resource, Luxury Link, recently named the winners of the 2007 World's Best Spa Awards. Identified by a panel of discerning travel editors, the 25 winners were chosen based on service, facilities, location, uniqueness, and overall levels of luxury. The winners are:

Adler Thermae Spa and Wellness Resort, Tuscany, Italy
Avanyu Spa, Manchester Village, Vermont
Brenner's Spa, Baden-Baden, Germany
Canyon Ranch, Lenox, Massachusetts
The Earth Spa by Six Senses, Hua Hin, Thailand
The Hualalai Sports Club and Spa, Hualalai, Hawaii
One & Only Spa, Los Cabos, Mexico
Spa Montage, Laguna Beach, California
Spa and Sanctuary, Namale, Fiji
The Spa at Huvafen Fushi, Maldives
The Spa at the Crescent, Dallas, Texas
Spa at the Mandarin Oriental, Miami, Florida
Victoria-Jungfrau Spa, Interlaken, Switzerland
Amandari, Bali, Indonesia
The BodyHoliday at LeSport, St. Lucia, West Indies
California Wellbeing Institute, Westlake Village, California
Carita Spa, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Worldwide
The Golden Door Spa, Carefree, Arizona
Miraval Life in Balance, Tucson, Arizona
Six Senses Spa at Puntacana,  Dominican Republic
Spa Without Walls, Kohala Coast, Hawaii
The Spa at Four Seasons Resort, Chiang Mai, Thailand
The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, New York
The Spa at the Greenbrier, White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia
Spahalekulani, Oahu, Hawaii

Jan
31
2007
Jan
31
2007

International Trends: Redefining Indigenous

By Richard Williams

Embrace the culture of your country and provide a unique experience for your clients.

Jan
31
2007
Dec
29
2006

Cosmetic Wrinkle Filler Approved

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a new treatment for moderate-to-severe frown lines, medically called nasolabial folds.

BioForm Medical issued a statement describing its Radiesse as a longer-lasting alternative to existing wrinkle fillers. The company said its calcium-based microsphere technology not only fills in facial folds and depressions, but also stimulates the body to produce collagen, the fibrous protein that gives the face its structure and fullness.

The drug was also newly approved to improve the appearance of people with AIDS-causing HIV who have significant facial fat loss (lipoatrophy), the San Mateo, Calif.-based company said.

Radiesse was first FDA approved in 2002 for use in facial reconstructive surgery.

HealthDay News, December 28, 2006

Dec
19
2006

Spas Give Shopping Malls a Face-lift

Amy Andrade had been thinking about Botox for a while. So when she spotted a spa-like "cosmedical" clinic in an upscale mall in Dallas, she was immediately interested.

When she learned the clinic was connected with one of Texas' leading medical institutions, she was sold.

She had Botox injected into her 32-year-old forehead and near her eyes to smooth out infinitesimal wrinkles.

"It was great. I felt like I was getting a facial," said the furniture showroom manager.

Medical spas like the one at Dallas' NorthPark Center are booming. The number in the United States has jumped to about 2,500 this year from 50 in 2002, when Botox injections won federal approval.

Such spas offer minimally invasive cosmetic procedures such as injections of Botox, which relaxes facial muscles to make lines fade, and fillers like Restylane, which add volume.

Not all medical spas have ties with a major medical institution like the Klinger Advanced Aesthetics Cosmedical Center, Spa and Salon, which has teamed up with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.

Some "cosmedical" clinics don't even require their practitioners to be plastic surgeons or dermatologists.

Dr. Richard A. D'Amico of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons said the procedures may look like simple injections, but serious complications could result if someone isn't properly trained.

And Kate Parsons, director of the Center for Ethics at Webster University in St. Louis, said she is worried that as such services become more widely available, people will be less inclined to examine why they want to look younger.

"I guess my concern is that we're not examining that as much as we could be," Parsons said. "It is becoming increasingly accepted as one more option among the array of cosmetics and fashion."

By Jamie Stengel, Associated Press, December 18, 2006